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SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to acquire a waterfront parking lot.

The city has repeatedly tried to purchase the long-term parking lot from Myrtle Woldson, 103, of Spokane, but she has refused to sell. Now, the city will condemn the parking lot and pay her “fair market value” for the property, which can hold about 130 cars.

The city said ongoing construction in the area, including drilling a new tunnel and eventually removing the viaduct, has caused the loss of several parking space around the waterfront. The city said and it needed Woldson’s property to create short-term parking options while that construction continues.

5 comments

  • Uncle Twisty

    Re "The city said and it needed Woldson’s property to create short-term parking options while that construction continues."

    Gee, maybe the city could have arranged a "short-term parking option" with her?

    I can't wait to hear what the “fair market value” is!

    • The world is Ending

      The city tried to lease it already, and she refused all lease offers. But this has been going on for years I know where a city here in WA paid about $1 mill for some water front property under imminent domain and then immediately turn around and sold it to a private developer for about $4 million. (Yes I do personally know who this happened to) The way the government does this is the assessor comes out and asses the property low that way the government can get off cheaper.

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